The Memorial Bridge will have its ribbon-cutting ceremony on August 15, but it is still unclear when the bridge will be open for traffic.
Director of Project Development for N.H. D.O.T. Bill Cass says that the ceremony was pushed back because of delays due to weather and work on the bridge’s foundation.
“We were initially trying to organize a ceremony in conjunction with the actual opening, but the uncertainty of the opening made it more beneficial for everybody to set a date a few weeks out there that everybody could plan on.”
The bridge’s original completion date was scheduled for July 6. Then the D.O.T. extended it to this Friday. After that, Archer Western Contractors will start paying $25,000 per day in fines due to a contractual obligation.
Cass says the department is unsure when the bridge will be open to traffic, but says he hopes to know the date by early next week.